The Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet | William Shakespeare | c. 1591 Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers begins with a chorus that sets up the story of young Juliet Capulet in love with Romeo Montague, despite the two lovers being from families that were sworn enemies. Surprisingly, however, the tale borrowed heavily from themes extending as far back to the Ancient Roman poet Ovid's "Pyramus and Thisbe," and "Mariotto and Gianozza" by Masuccio Salernitano published a century before.